Zhang vs Forrest ends in a draw

On the undercard of Canelo vs Yildirim, the fight of two heavyweights Zhang Zhilei (22-0-1, 17 KOs) and Jerry Forrest (26-4-1, 20 KOs) was assessed by the judges as a draw. The scores were 95-93 in favor of Forrest and twice 93-93.

Zhilei “Big Bang” Zhang vs Jerry Forrest
Zhilei “Big Bang” Zhang vs Jerry Forrest

Zhang knocked Forrest down in each of the first three rounds. However, after that, Forrest was able to recover and impose his battle plan on the enemy. A completely exhausted Zhang was deducted a point for constantly holding his opponent in the ninth. In the last round, Forrest almost brought the meeting to a stoppage, but was never able to knock out his opponent.

Also that evening, McWilliams Arroyo (21-4, 16 KOs) stopped Abraham Rodriguez (27-3, 13 KOs) in the fifth round to secure the vacant WBC interim flyweight belt. Rodriguez replaced injured WBC champion Julio Cesar Martinez just days before the fight.

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